Monday, March 29, 2010

GSNCA Recognize 2010 West Alabama Women of Distinction Nominees

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will recognize ten outstanding women at their annual West Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon, Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Indian Hills Country Club. This Luncheon recognizes women in Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Sumter, Greene, Marengo, Hale, Perry and Bibb counties.

The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement. Of the ten women, four will be chosen as winners in different categories of Career Accomplishments, Community Contributions, Outstanding Educator and Lifetime Achievement. In addition, one woman will be awarded this year’s Karen LaMoreaux Bryan Environmental Award. The winners will be announced at the Luncheon.

This year’s Women of Distinction nominees are:

· Debbie Bond of Northport, Executive Director, Alabama Blues Project

· Vickie G. Brown of Brent, Director of Student Services, Tuscaloosa City Schools

· Teresa Costanzo of Tuscaloosa, Executive Director, East Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center

· Molly Donlon of Tuscaloosa, Real Estate Consultant and Community Development, Family Restaurant, Winzell’s Oyester House

· Dr. Julia A. Hartman of Tuscaloosa, Coordinator of Arts and Science Instructional Development, University of Alabama

· Vicki Kerr of Tuscaloosa, Executive Director, Caring Days Adult Day Care

· Dorothy Richardson of Tuscaloosa, Assistant Superintendent, Tuscaloosa City Schools

· Melissa Russell of Moundville, President/CEO/Marketing Director, Business Savvy Women’s Group

· Gail Read Windham of Tuscaloosa, Former Owner (retired), Little Things

· Dr. Anne Witt of Northport, Adjunct Professor of Music Education, University of Alabama

Chairing the Luncheon are Committee members Nancy Lambert-Brown and Jean Caldwell. Other Committee members include Avery Brown, Bunny Cox, Lois George, Pat Guin, Elizabeth Hamner, Sandra Jemison and Jane Searcy. Edie Hand of the Edie Hand Foundation and the CEO of Hand ‘N Hand Advertising, Inc. will serve as the Keynote Speaker. She is the best-selling author of over 20 books. Mrs. Hand recently co-authored Women of True Grit: Intimate, Informative, Inspirational, a book compiling 40 first-hand stories from extraordinary women of wide-ranging backgrounds and professions.

Proceeds from the West Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon provide direct support to Girl Scouts in North-Central Alabama, which serves more than 19,000 girls in 36 counties. Sponsors include Alabama Power Company and Mercedes-Benz U.S. Many other local companies and individuals have generously sponsored additional corporate tables. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Julie Carter at 800-734-4541 ext. 134 or visit Tickets to the Luncheon cost $40 for general admission and $25 for Girl Scout members.